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INSIDE: The Inside Scoop on Bob Gamble Park Ipswich water park and playgrounds. 

There’s an EPIC water playground in Ipswich, and it’s a hidden gem, known only to locals.

But now you know – GO GO GO!

The Bob Gamble Park playground in Ispwich is up there with the BEST water playgrounds in Brisbane!

Take a look below for details and a sneak peek.

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Guide to Bob Gamble Park Ipswich QLD

This Ipswich water play area has multiple levels of super dooper fun!

This Ipswich water playground looks to have been inspired by the Giant’s Causeway volcanic rock formations in Ireland, where “hundreds of hexagon-shaped tubes stack up perfectly like puzzle pieces”  (CNN’s John D Sutter)

Who needs to travel to Ireland?

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Ipswich Water Park Equipment

This zero-depth water playground in Brisbane’s west is right here.


  • water pumps to press to get the water moving about
  • water wheels
  • water trays, as well as
  • surprise spray jets, and
  • a terraced water play fun zone too. 

BYO small boat toys for toddlers and young kids. 

Visit Bob Gamble Park water park on sunny days to take advantage of the water playground but take dry clothes too.

And a few bandaids.

No doubt you may have kids who want to jump from platform to platform, and there may be a grazed knee or two.

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Three Ipswich Playgrounds in One! 

To the left of this Ipswich water playground, as you face the waterpark from the road, you’ll find a 25-metre double flying fox for your budding Tarzan and Jane!


Giant log rope swing

Plus, an Amazon-sized rope-log swing.

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Web swing

And a spider web swing for two!

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Climbing Fort & Sandpit

To the right of the water park, there’s a second play area.

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  • a giant climbing net with fortress hideout, and giant silver slide
  • sandpit with digging equipment (BYO sand toys too)

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The Discovery Forest at Bob Gamble Park playground

There’s a third play area here at Riverheart Parklands in Ipswich. 

To find your way to the Discovery Forest, look out for the rainbow poles.

They are behind the sandpit/pyramid area, to the right. 

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Ipswich Art Installation at Discovery Forest Ipswich

Follow the path down to the life-size carved totem poles artworks.

Spy the First Fleet Captain sailing the ship.

You’ll also spot British soldiers keeping guard over First Fleet convicts in their black-and-white stripes too.

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Things to do at Discovery Forest Playground in Ipswich

The football-field sized Discovery Forest has more fun things for kids to do.

  • Cross the bridge across a dry creek bed
  • Dig in the boat shaped sandpit

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  • Walk along balance beams throughout the tree bases 
  • Climb up to the top of the two mysterious forts

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  • Sit in a storytelling circle with your friends

Adore nature play, and wild schooling? 

Get down and dirty with the kids here.

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More Things to do at Ipswich Water Park Playground, Riverheart Parklands

There’s more stuff to do and see here at River Heart parklands, including:

  • a boardwalk with views of the Bremer River
  • awesome wide cycle paths for scooters and bikes
  • a chance to see the Mysterious Creatures of the Bremer River after dark (Ipswich’s very own Loch Ness Monster mystery for kids!)

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Where to eat at Bob Gamble Park 

Bring a picnic or your bbq supplies.


  • free BBQ hotplates
  • shaded picnic tables
  • a fabulously clean toilet block, and
  • warm showers when the kids are shivering after all that time in the sprinklers!

Hot tip: Check out this comprehensive guide to healthy road trip and picnic food and find a whole bunch of new ideas for portable food for days out. 

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Riverheart Parklands Playgrounds 

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Address: 2 Blackall Street, Ipswich
Telephone: (07) 3810 6666 (City of Ipswich)
Website:  Click here
Opening Hours:

  • Water playground hours are 8.00 am – 6.00 pm
  • Toilets and carpark are locked at 8.00 pm

Entry Fees: Free entry

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How to get to Bob Gamble Park in Ipswich

By Bus: Daily bus connections are available from the Brisbane Transit Centre in Brisbane. For more information contact the centre on 3236 2020.

By Train: The Brisbane Citytrain network provides regular connections from Ipswich to Brisbane and connections to the Gold and Sunshine Coast rail lines.

By Car: 

  • The Ipswich Motorway links Ipswich to Brisbane. (approx 40 minutes).
  • The Logan Motorway links Ipswich to the Gold Coast and Pacific Highway from New South Wales, along with the Gateway Motorway from Brisbane Airport and Sunshine Coast.
  • Click here for google map directions to the water park in Ipswich. 

Ipswich Water Park parking.   

Free street parking on King Edward parade or Blackall Street. 

Bob Gamble Park Map


Nearest takeaway coffee and/or food options: There’s a vending machine for snacks, chocolate and drinks in the amenities block
Toilets: Yes, including baby change table, and showers
Disability access: Limited
Shade:  Gazebos, Rotunda, Shelters. Shade sails over water playground.
Enclosed: No, but below road level. Road is out of sight.
Ground cover: Bike pathways, concrete, soft fall, grass
Picnic tables: Yes
Electric BBQs: Yes
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: Yes
Dogs: No

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Toadstool Rating: Best Playgrounds in Ipswich Queensland

Kids love the epic Water Playground for kids at Bob Gamble Park in Ipswich Australia, but there’s so much more. 

Don’t miss it.

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